NE-1 Parametric EQ, Still Using it?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by watspan, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. watspan

    watspan Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    A year or so back, a lot of us (myself included) bought Yamaha NE-1 parametric equalizers when MF was blowing them out for $25 or so.

    Now, a year later, how many still use them? Find them an essential part of your rig or an occasional dalliance?

    Personally, mine has become an essential!
    I also set mine different that Nathan East's favorite setting! Maybe it's because I bi-amp into an odd ampeg cabinet(pr1528he), but I use mine on deep 8 or so. I get a really scooped hi-fi kind of tone. I find that w/o it, my tone is too flat and nasally. It also seems a great device if you need to quickly "tweak on the fly" .

    What's your experience?
  2. I am still using mine with 3 basses for different reasons. My G-3 really speaks on deep 6, fretless is perfectly phat on deep 4 and I use it to control the Barcus Berry magnetic pickup I added to my Washburn AB-20. I have also used it several times as a quick and ez fix while recording acoustic guitar especially on a boomy 12 string.
  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    That was my thread. :D

    Honestly, I didn't use all that much it until I bought my new P-Bass about a month and a half ago. It worked good, but I didn't really need to use it in a given scenario. I like to put it in front of my Hartke practice amp when I'm not at rehearsal.

    Then one day I brought it to practice and put it between my SVT and my P and WOW. Amazing tone with the EQ flat on the amp. (Maybe a touch of bass boost.) To use the cliche, it makes my P-Bass sound like it's on steroids. Good stuff.

    Oh yeah, I usually use shallow. I find the deep settings a little too extreme. Usually around 1 o'clock on the other control, and I'm aces.
  4. Jodaka


    Jun 28, 2001
    Riverview, FL
    yeah, i'm glad i jumped on that deal when it was happening. i've found it has become one of the essential pieces of my sound...

  5. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004
    Just sits but it's not something I'd get rid of. Hard piece to beat at that price. Old Ada MB 1 and Korg Px4B occupy what I'd call my toy time.
  6. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    Nope, don't use it. I have a TE eq pedal that I like better. I'm not going to get rid of the NE-1 anytime soon though, it does sound good and I liked Nathan's setting. I wish it had a boost. I'm sure I'll find a use for it someday.
  7. TxBass


    Jul 3, 2002
    Frisco, Texas
    yep! it's been and will remain part of my chain. and at $25 I still feel like I finally ripped-off MF on at least something---instead of the other way around!!:D
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  9. soularis


    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    I used it with a crappy Ibanez and fretless Fender -- made them sound natural and tasty, now I use it with my acoustic upright... still sounds great, adds that balance. My MM4 doesn't really need it, the bass is great on its own. Very great and useful piece of gear! I actually bought mine for 50$.
  10. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I use it with my Jass bass, makes it sound really fat. I generally don't use it with my other basses though. I really like it for certain situations, but not all the time.
  11. OK, resurrecting an ancient thread here...

    Still a valid question - maybe even moreso now - are any of you out there using it?

    On a whim I decided to buy one and give it a whirl. Unfortunately not at the silly price many of you bought them for a while back...

    I've read the old threads, and many people refer to this as strictly a mid-scoop device.

    While I don't have it (yet) and thus can't base an opinion on my ears, the frequency response curve on the spec sheet clearly shows a "flat" line and clearly shows boosting above the flat line going on above and below the center frequency.

    So it looks like it cuts at a center freq and boosts at freq's somewhat below and above that.

    Again, based solely on the graph.

    I've realized I may have acquired a slight case of GAS as this is the second totally unneeded gizmo I've bought recently just to toy with! I'm worried this might morph into full-blown Phase IV GAS where I'm buying all sorts of crap I can't use just to plug it in and review it. Help!!

    I'll report back once I get it.
  12. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I used mine for a couple of years, but don't use it anymore. I get the sound I want from a BOSS GT-6B now.
  13. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004

    It's history as are the Korg and Ada I mentioned in the previoius post. V Bass is the current toy.

    Don't remember really but what I thought of the NE-1 is in Dimento's "onboard" preamp experiment in Pups FAQ.
  14. Helstar


    Nov 26, 2005
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  15. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Always fun to revisit an old thread. :D I sold mine a while back - there was nothing wrong with it, but I just moved on to something different. I tend to go through preamps and compressors every once in a while, just because the rest of my gear is pretty constant and it's cheaper than buying new basses. :D

    It was still a cool little unit. If you can pick one up for less than $50, it's definitely a good buy.
  16. Crabby


    Dec 22, 2004
    I liked mine but bought it at a time when I was getting away from the mid scoop sound and going for a much more even or flat eq. The NE-1 was reallyneatbut had about the worst bypass I had ever heard. Turning the knob to the flat position yielded some really bad tone suck.

    Of course the unit was meant to be left on. I found it sucked all the growl (mid) out of my fretless and although, the particular sweet tone it provides is somewhat intoxicating, I found my tone without this box in line was more nataural, cut thru the mix better and just sounded better.

    Having said all that, I really wish I'd kept the damm thing!!!! Just for the fun and collectable aspect of it.
  17. Also, I forgot to mention -

    Yamaha may have discontinued this thing, as some people thought a while back. There are not many places still selling them.

    Musicians Friend has a "limited quantity" and they say that that is it!

    I ordered mine from (for the free shipping offer, same price as MF, and which I believe may just be a front for Musicians Friend anyway.)
  18. watspan

    watspan Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    jeez! I started the thread, and truth is, I don't use mine too often anymore--mostly due to having 6 different heads/cabs so i'm always mixing/matching. still think it's a good unit though
  19. etaym


    Mar 28, 2005
    Newton, MA
    I just ordered one from MF yesterday. I just can't wait to hear it on my Jazz bass and on a fretless (I doubt I will use it with the my active basses). $55 though...
  20. CrUiSeR


    Jul 13, 2005
    I'm guessing one has to unplug it to be turned off?
    No on-off switch right?
    And if the above is true has anyone here modded it
    with an on-off switch?